A little more rock ‘n’ roll at ‘Your Big Break’ on Saturday

Round 2 of Your Big Break will take place on March 10 at the Gold Coast Arts Center. (Photo courtesy of the Rick Eberle Agency)
Round 2 of Your Big Break will take place on March 10 at the Gold Coast Arts Center. (Photo courtesy of the Rick Eberle Agency)

It might look a little like “Battle of the Bands” at the Gold Coast Arts Center on Saturday, with more bands competing in the second knockout round of the annual “Your Big Break” competition.

“[It’s] a little bit more rock and roll,” said Rick Eberle, the host of “Your Big Break.” “There’s a few bands performing this time as well as some of the most exceptional artists from the area.”

The Gold Coast Arts Center, Love Revolution Org and the Rick Eberle Agency are bringing together new New York talent, following the completion of the first knockout round in February, when Lydia Von Hof, who made it to the finals last year, advanced once more.

Among the performing groups are Psychopompous, Off the Record, Marina Nova, 37 Stripes, Wild Planes, Kaylee Shahira and All Types of Kinds, with a headlining act still under discussion.

The top two performers, as voted on by judges and the audience, will move on to the final round on April 21 to compete for a chance to open at a major venue like The Paramount, record at a studio, and secure a PR and social media campaign complete with management, booking and label services consultation.

The finalists will be mentored by professional producers, artists and songwriters and be assigned to perform a song by the late Tom Petty.

Judges include Lou Plaia of ReverbNation.com, songwriter Tara Eberle Drouin, Chris Pati of IndiMusic TV, label executives Jerry Lembo, Linda Inngrisano and Mark Ambrosino, and Guy Brogna of All Music Inc.

The contest, open to young musicians living on Long Island or in the five boroughs without recording contracts or publishing contracts, has aimed to break the best talent in the area into the music industry.

“They have to be between 15 and 25, they have to have a good voice, to be able to project their artistic side and try to stand out,” Eberle said.

The competition will start at the Gold Coast Arts Center, located at 113 Middle Neck Road, in Great Neck on Saturday, March 10, at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets cost $10 for students and $15 for adults. Tickets at the door cost $20. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

Tickets can be purchased online at http://goldcoastarts.org/ybb-knockout-round-2-2018/ or by calling the Gold Coast Arts Center at 516-829-2570.

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Janelle Clausen

Janelle Clausen is a reporter with Blank Slate Media covering the Great Neck peninsula and Town of North Hempstead. She previously freelanced for the Amityville Record, Massapequa Post and the Babylon Beacon. When not reporting, the south shore native can...
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